Speaking to your Group
“How to Live a Great Story”
Maintaining Your Faith When the Chapters are Rewritten
Before becoming a young widow, Natalie was a sought-after speaker and television contributor. She taught her popular “Couponing 101” class for over 10 years to groups all around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
But when her husband suddenly died, she immediately took a break from speaking and running her lifestyle/deals website (ModMomTV.com) to focus on her three boys. She wanted to be fully present and available for them, as they all began their grief journey.
A few months into widowhood, at around 4am when she couldn’t sleep, Natalie sat down at her computer and within an hour had written a one-women show entitled How to Live a Great Story. She said, “It was amazing to see how the words and songs lyrics poured out of my fingertips and onto the page with such order and clarity.” And yes, you read that correctly. She said, “song lyrics.” Because what she now shares isn’t like a typical talk usually heard from a speaker on a platform standing behind a lectern — she bursts into song on multiple occasions.
With a background in musical theater and stage performance, Natalie communicates in a way that inspires AND also entertains.
“I usually make people cry. I aim to make them laugh a lot, too,” Natalie said. “But most importantly, I want audiences to hear my story and leave knowing that no matter what unthinkable, painful circumstances we may encounter in life, every story has hope.
Some of the main points:
- After the loss of my husband, I endured horrible pain and sorrow. But never despair.
- The goodness of God is always surrounding us even when our world is shaken to it’s core.
- I have a hope for my future and I know, without a doubt, that God works ALL things (even the death of a spouse) together for good to those who love Him.
- Yes, the future I’d planned out in my head is different now. But that doesn’t mean my story is over. It’s just being written with different chapters.
“God is the author of our story. From the day we’re born to the day we die, he determines the course and the content. But we are the editors. We decide how our story is told.Just like a good book editor polishes, refines, and directs the focus of the story—cutting out the nonessential elements; drawing attention to places where the audience should focus—when you tell your story, you can choose to get stuck talking about all the hardship and trials you’ve had to endure and highlight your anger and bitterness…ORYou can focus on the good that has come out of walking through those hard places; what you’ve learned, how you’ve changed, and what you can now offer to others.”
What People Are Saying...
“Natalie was amazing! What a gift of communication she has! And what a beautiful story God is writing in her & her family that she is using to serve others. Absolutely loved it. Can’t imagine how that could possibly be topped this year. Great start for us mommas to remember to cherish each day even in the hard stuff and trust God with it all. Our only true hope is in Him.”
~ Moms Meeting Attendee, Young Mens Service League, (Aledo, TX)
“Through her personal story of tragedy and hope, Natalie brought an inspiring message that resonated across a virtual platform AND in a corporate setting with an audience holding varying beliefs. The lessons she shared could be easily applied to anyone of any faith. Plus, the tips she provided at the conclusion of her presentation during the Q&A session were instrumental in equipping the audience to care for friends and family who are grieving.”
Kim B., Senior Director, SiriusXM (Dallas, TX)
“Natalie is a one-woman show! She tells her compelling story in a unique and unforgettable format. She is engaging, witty and held everyone’s attention the entire meeting. We enjoyed her and are grateful she came to speak to our group.
Rikki A., Speaker Coordinator, Mothers of Preschoolers (Frisco, TX)
“Not only was Natalie real, raw, and honest, she also added touches of wit and humor. I laughed and cried almost at the same time! She is dynamic, engages the crowd, and doesn’t shy away from sharing hard emotions through her family’s story of love, life, and loss. Natalie really knows how to tell her story through a very engaging and entertaining format.”
Katie Z., Founder, Day of Hope Conference (Arlington, TX)
“Natalie was highly recommended by a few of our members and was the perfect fit for our moms kick-off meeting. She has a tremendous gift to deliver a powerful story in an inspiring way and a unique style that connects with everyone in the room. I have received so many compliments from members who were touched by her story.”
Cristi B., Speaker Coordinator, National Charity League (Hebron, TX)
“Natalie was entertaining and captivating; and at the same time offering hope and encouragement. I had a few members, who have lost loved ones, text me saying how perfect she was…and I do not typically receive speaker accolades texts! What a ministry Natalie has turning a personal tragedy into a message of hope. She is truly making a difference in this world.”
Kelli S., Member Meetings Chair, Young Mens Service League, (Flower Mound, TX)
Want Natalie to speak to your Group?
Contact us HERE with a little information about your organization, location and preferred dates.
Run time: Approximately 40 minutes. (Optional Q&A Session and walk-through of her popular post “10 Immediate and Tangible Ways to Help a Grieving Friend” are also available.)
Please note: There is no speaking fee. This is a ministry to serve and bless others.
For over a decade, Natalie Reid-Knutson was the “Coupon Crazy Mommy,” teaching money-saving workshops all over Dallas/Ft. Worth, running a daily deals website, and a regular contributor on Good Morning Texas and various other news outlets.
Natalie has BA in Advertising from the University of North Texas, and is a former on-air radio personality, marketing director, and event planner. She also spent many years a corporate trainer with a global communications firm, teaching executives how to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively through one-on-one coaching and intensive two-day training workshops across the country.
In August 2018, her world was rocked by tragedy, causing life to turn in a dramatically different direction. She learned to rely on the faith she’d embraced since childhood to give her the confidence to push forward.
With a background in musical theater and stage performance, Natalie now shares her rewritten story in a unique way that inspires AND entertains. She wants those who hear it to walk away knowing that no matter what unthinkable, painful circumstances we may encounter in life, every story has hope.